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2. Try to write a little every day, even if it is too embarrassing to show anyone. You stretched your writer muscles and you are doing that which you love. Be proud, even of your most excruciating lines. You did it! You made something! I like to read gaffes in my MS as ‘outtakes’, often sharing them online with the #it’llbealrightontherewrite tag. It’s very funny and liberating sometimes.
3. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. You aren’t them; you can’t be them. You are you. And if every writer wrote in the same way nothing new would ever be discovered out there. Be true to your own style.
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5. Try very hard not to take poor reviews personally. This is the hardest part, I think – rejection of your work and waiting for those awful reviews. It is terrifying putting your work – your heart – out there to be torn apart but take a moment to read reviews of some of the books you have loved. See a lot of one stars? People labelling your favourite authors ‘boring’? That’s because art is subjective and tastes are different. Don’t let it in.
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